Imperial College Health Centre

Member of Regent Health Primary Care Network
NHS Central London Clinical Commissioning Group

Mumps – Please read

There have been reports of possible cases of mumps. Please see a letter below from Dr Freedman with advice on Mumps, vaccinations and preventing spread of infection.

We are running extra clinics for patients to be vaccinated against Measles, Mumps and Rubella if they have not previously had a full course of vaccines.

Appointments can be booked via SystmOnline if you are registered for online services. Alternatively please contact reception to arrange an appointment.

Please note we can only vaccinate individuals that are registered with the Health Centre.

Pride in Practice Award

Over the last few months Imperial College Health Centre have been completing the Pride in Practice quality assurance programme. We are proud to announce that we have been awarded Gold by the LGBT Foundation.

Extended Hours

From the 1st September the Health Centre is offering appointments with a GP, Practice Nurse, and Healthcare Assistant outside of it’s normal hours.

Monday to Friday 7.30 – 8.00am
Telephone appointments available with a GP
Routine appointments available with a Practice Nurse

Tuesday to Thursday 7.30 – 8.00am
Routine appointments available with the Healthcare Assistant

Thursday 6.30 – 8.30pm
Routine appointments available with a GP

Occasionally extended hours clinics may vary to meet the needs of the Practice.

Student Vaccination Dates 2019

It is advised that all patients aged 16-24 years old should complete 2 doses of Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) and all students attending university for the first time are recommended to have one dose of Meningitis ACW&Y vaccination – When you register you will need to advise us of your vaccination history and we will need the dates. If you have not had and MMR or Meningitis ACW&Y or have not completed the course you will need to come to one of the following nurses clinics. It is very important that you are fully immunised in the first few weeks of coming to university.

We will be running MMR and Meningitis ACWY clinic’s each evening beginning Monday 30th September until Thursday 3rd October between 18:00 pm – 19:30 pm. And a walk-in clinic on 1st October between 14:00 pm – 16:00 pm

Also booked appointments available every Wednesday between 14:00 -15:00 from September 23rd until the end of term.

Appointments can be booked in advance at the Health Centre reception desk, by calling 020 7584 6301 or using online services.

Seasonal Flu Vaccinations 2019

Appointments

We are now taking bookings for the influenza vaccination. All appointments are available to be booked online; if you do not have online access you can call the Health Centre on 020 7584 6301 to schedule an appointment.

Please check below to see if you are eligible for a vaccination.

Influenza (Flu)

Flu is an unpredictable virus that and can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.

It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition.

Certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These people are advised to have a flu vaccine each year.

People who should have a flu vaccine

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.

You should have the flu vaccine if you: 

  • are 65 years old or over   
  • are pregnant 
  • have certain medical conditions 
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility 
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill 

Frontline health and social care workers are also eligible to receive the flu vaccine. It is your employer’s responsibility to arrange and pay for this vaccine.

You may also be able to have the flu vaccine at your GP surgery or a local pharmacy offering the service if you’re a frontline health or social care worker employed by a:

  • registered residential care/nursing home
  • registered homecare organisation
  • hospice

Flu vaccine for children

The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:

  • children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
  • children aged 2 and 3 years on 31 August 2019 – that is, born between 1 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2017
  • children in primary school

Children aged between 6 months and 2 years who are eligible for the flu vaccine will receive an injected flu vaccine.

Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray.

65s and over and the flu vaccine

You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2019/20) if you are aged 65 and over on 31 March 2020 – that is, you were born on or before 31 March 1955. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on 31 March 2020, you do qualify.

It’s important that you benefit from having the most effective vaccine and for those aged 65 and over, this is either the adjuvanted trivalent vaccine or the cell-grown quadrivalent vaccine.

Pregnant women and the flu vaccine

If you’re pregnant, you’re advised to have the injectable flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you’ve reached.

That’s because there’s strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.

If you’re pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because:

  • it reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
  • it reduces your risk of having a miscarriage, or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birth weight because of flu
  • it will help protect your baby as they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life

It’s safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards. Talk to your GP, midwife or pharmacist if you want more information.

Read more about the flu vaccine in pregnancy.

Flu vaccine for people with medical conditions

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including:  

This list of conditions isn’t definitive. It’s always an issue of clinical judgement.

Your GP can assess you to take into account the risk of flu making any underlying illness you may have worse, as well as your risk of serious illness from flu itself.

The vaccine should always be offered in such cases, even if you are not technically in 1 of the risk groups above.

If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine. Speak to your GP or pharmacist about this.

Flu vaccine for health and social care workers

Outbreaks of flu can occur in health and social care settings, and, because flu is so contagious, staff, patients and residents are all at risk of infection.

If you’re a frontline health and social care worker, you’re eligible for an NHS flu vaccine.

It is your employer’s responsibility to arrange vaccination for you. Find out what arrangements have been made at your workplace for providing flu vaccination.

If you are an NHS-employed frontline healthcare worker, the NHS will pay for your vaccination.

You may be able to have the flu vaccine at your GP surgery or local pharmacy offering the service if your employer does not offer a flu vaccination programme and you’re a frontline health or social care worker employed by a:

  • registered residential care/nursing home
  • registered homecare organisation
  • hospice

The flu vaccine will help protect you, your colleagues and the patients and residents you care for.

Flu vaccine for carers

If you are the main carer for someone who is elderly or disabled, speak to your GP or pharmacist about having a flu vaccine along with the person you care for.

Read more about the flu vaccine for carers on the Carers UK website.

Information above courtesy of NHS Choices.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/

9th July Afternoon Closure

Imperial College Health Centre will be closed on the afternoon of 9th July due to staff training. Urgent GP consultations and the administration team will be available via telephone during the hours of 14:00pm – 16:00pm.

Cancelled – Social Media Workshop 13th June

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the social media workshop on the 13th June has been cancelled. We will be rescheduling the workshop for the 2019/20 autumn term. Apologies for any inconvenience. Please contact the Health Centre if you have any queries

Recent cases of Measles in local area

There have been recent cases of measles in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, and City of Westminster

We recommend that you check your vaccination history to ensure you have had two doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine. If you haven’t had two doses or you are unsure then please make an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses to receive the vaccine. We will be running MMR clinics over the next couple of weeks on.

3rd June 2019 – No appointments available

4th June 2019 – No appointments available

5th June 2019 – No appointments available

7th June 2019 – No appointments available

10th June 2019 – No appointments available

11th June 2019 – No appointments available

19th June 2019 – No appointments available

20th June 2019 – Appointments available

26th June 2019 – No appointments available

If you have a high temperature and a rash please call the Health Centre and ask for a telephone consultation with the Duty Doctor. Please do not attend the Health Centre.